Viruses in semen potentially transmissible

“The presence of viruses in semen is probably more widespread than currently appreciated,” say researchers Alex Salam and Peter Horby. In response to the recent discovery that semen could carry and transmit Zika virus, the two researchers conducted a literature review to learn whether other infections could be transmitted through sexual intercourse even though they had not been considered to be STIs.

Because the testes, vas deferens, and epididymis offer only imperfect blood barriers, it may just be that the male reproductive tract can be frequently seeded when a man experiences a viremia.

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Don’t Abstain from Your Role in ...

Abstinence is making your role as a provider harder. Yes, it can be an effective method to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. But as you well know, the pivotal word in that statement is can. What you may be less aware of—though affected by—is that the effort and funding spent on abstinence programs are undermining comprehensive education programs that are proven to promote positive reproductive health behaviors. Washington DC is cutting millions of dollars in funding for programs proven to prevent teen pregnancy and adding millions into abstinence programs proven not to work.

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Teens births declining but geographic ‘hotspots’ ...

The teen birth rate in 2015 dropped another 8%, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 22.3 births per 1,000 teen women aged 15 to 19 years represent another historical low over more than four decades. And the birth rate (0.2 births for 1,000) for teen girls aged 10 to 14 years is the lowest on record. The declines were seen across all race and ethnicity groups. As the birth rate dropped steadily over time, teen use of contraception rose. But there is always a but.

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The Book
Now in its 20th edition, this well-known text with more than 2 million copies in print has been the leading family planning... Read more
Covering the most important advances in women’s health and contraception, Contraceptive Technology is designed for health professionals just like you. Chaired by Dr. Robert Hatcher, the conference faculty includes the authors of the well-known reference text Contraceptive Technology, and other nationally known reproductive health experts. Conference topics include: new and future methods of contraception, sexuality issues, recurrent vaginitis, case studies, adolescent health, STD treatment, flexible OC management and much more.

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The “Contraceptive Technology” conferences will help you synthesize the data and translate the evidence into clinical “pearls” you can put directly into practice. With an array of Preconferences delving into selected specialty areas of interest, plenary sessions focusing on the “hottest” topics, a thought-provoking luncheon presentation, and 30 dynamic, interactive Concurrent Sessions, including hands-on workshops…this conference is certain to improve your clinical practice and expand your network of colleagues. Read more